We often get asked what the benefits are of adding milk to soap. Milk has a high-fat content which makes the soap moisturizing and creamy which, after use, leaves your skin feeling soft. In addition to this milk, soaps are often milder than everyday soap. Goats milk, in particular, helps to lower the alkalinity of soap and has a similar ph to our skin. It helps to soothe and soften sensitive, ageing and dry skin.
Milk soaps can be made from goat milk, buttermilk, coconut milk, cow or even camel milk to name a few. Don’t worry, once the milk has been turned into soap there is no need to keep your soap refrigerated, there is no risk of your soap spoiling. This is due to your soap going through the saponification process (see more on this here).
Soap is made by mixing a lye water solution with fat or oils. When they combine, in a process called saponification, soap is produced. In the case of milk soap, the water is replaced by milk giving the soap a higher fat and oil content. After saponification more oils and fats remain which makes a richer, creamer bar of soap.
If you are vegan, there are many fantastic alternatives which have similar benefits including coconut milk soap, which is also rich in fatty acids or butters such as shea, cocoa, avocado or even mango butter.
You can find our range of milk soaps at www.yarranaturals.com.au